Let God Work

Right now, most of my prayers are asking God to work. To work through me.

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I've  been going through Acts, and I love Paul. I love the way he speaks and how bold he is. He isn't afraid of getting thrown in jail for speaking about Christ. He just wants to speak about His Savior. Isn't that wonderful? 

I believe we all need to be more like Paul. I believe we all need to be more confident and bold. Be bold. Seek Jesus. Be with Jesus. Be bold enough to speak about Him when there is so much evil in this world. 

Being bold, starts with being confident. I beleive they have the same meanings. But, confidence, I believe is not only having confidence in you, but having a confidence in God. Trusting that He will work and He can work through you. Having the confidence in God that He is God and He is in control. Also, having the confidence in God that He is good, and He is always good. Having the confidence, that even a no from God, is good. He is always good.

We also need confidence in ourselves. Rembering that we are fearlessly and wonderfully made and God loves us. He loves us more thn anything. And we should be confdent in exactly who we are. Because, God created us to be exactly who we are. And that is a beautiful thing.

So, be Paul. Actually, be yourself. Share Christ with your friends. Share Christ with your family. Make Him known around your work place. Make Him known at your school. Shine the light of Christ around the dark places you know of. Be bold. Be bold for Christ.

God placed you where you are for a reason. Let God work through you. Allow God to work through you.

Today I pray that God will work through each and everyone of you. You are beautiful and strong. God will work through you. Allow Him.

"therefore, repent and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped out..." Acts 3:9

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Prayers For Your Future Love

So, this post is for all my single ladies... and men.

Hi, so I'm single. Who else is? Being single in this day and age can be so lonely. Being single in this day and age can make you feel like an outcast, almost like you are just weird. Well, I want you to know you're not alone. There is other single people. I know, where are they?

This week, I was feeling lonely, I had this whole plan to be married by like, 25. And I'm 22 now, where is my soon to be husband? Like, God, hello? And I have heard of praying for your future love right now. So, guess what I did. I got a notebook. And I started praying and writing him letters. 

It's always going to be rough living this life as a single. There are temptations, there is lonliness, and there's stalking your ex on social media wondering if you made a mistake am I right? But, whenever you feel like that, I challenge you to pray for your future love. And I'm not saying, "please, Jesus allow me to meet Him this second," or, "please let this cute boy be my the person I marry." I mean, pray for them. Pray that their walking with the Lord, pray that their seeking the Lord, pray that they are waiting for you. And if thet aren't pray for redemption and grace to come to them, pray that they find the Lord and they know all the love that God has for them. 

This can be hard, but I want to give you something to think about. Think about your future love praying for you, so excited to meet you one day, can't wait to forever be in love with you. I am waiting for that. And I will continue to pray for my future love.

I'm not sure what the purpose was for this random thought blog post, but I do want to say, it is hard to be single in this day and age, but chase after God. He will give you everything you need. He is there for you and He loves you more than anything. He wants to be your friend. Be His friend. You are so important to Him.

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Dear Friend

Hi, I have something to share. I shared this on my Instagram the other week, and also my YouTube. This is something that I want to start being more open about because, this is a sin that is so common today. We have Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Movies, TV Shows, we are just one click or step away from this sin. 

Porn. 

I was addicted to watching porn.

I was exposed to sex at a really young age and of course, just flipping through the TV shows, and there it was. Of course, this confused little girl did not want to tell anyone what she just saw. She also thought she would just forget about it. But, she didn't.

I started fantisying and watching things I never should have clicked on. Some of the images are stuck in my brain. Some of it is just hard to get rid of.

But, I want to share some scary things. Any sexual sin, it will kill you. Levi Lusko is one of my favorite pastors and his book "Swipe Right," has a lot of good things in it. One of my favorite things he said was, sex outside of marrige isn't just a sin against God, but also yourself. A part of you leaves. A part of you is different. A part of you is hurt. It's hard to get rid of. 

"Having a sex drive, isn't the problem, allowing sex to drive is the problem." -Levi Lusko

We all desire sex in one way or another. If we're straight, or if we are gay. Everyone desires sex. It's a gift from God. We are human, but we abuse it. Porn, sex outside of marrige, same sex (I promise, I love all of you, and I will never judge you and God is fighting for you, my job is to share Christ's love), we abuse sex. We take it all for ourselves. When it's purpose is to be in a marrige between a man and a women. 

Any kind of sex sin addiction is hard to crack. satan knows how to get to us. Movies, TV shows, YouTube, Instagram, it's all over the place. 

So, I have some advice. Talk to someone. Get help, it will kill you. It will hurt you.

I have some special advice to all my ladies out there. You are not alone. Never. I know when pastors talk about this sin, they talk to the men. I hear it. "Men be careful, come to this event." I get it. You feel ashamed because maybe, you feel more wrong. But, you aren't alone. I am here for you. Talk to someone.

People will love you for who you are. I can't tell you how much support I have gotten after posting this is Instagram. It'll be okay. And if someone turns on you, guess what. They don't know how great God's grace is. Because God will never turn His back on you.

He's fighting for you.

Wait for the one. Pray for them. Start praying for them. 

For those who are asking, I'm not perfect and I stumble. But, I'm okay. I don't watch movies that often, unless thier Disney or Godly related. I also try not to watch TV shows with crazy things and I'm very careful on any social medias. I have to discipline myself. I encourage you too. What sounds better, missing a weekend with your friends because their seeing a movie with sex, or spending the next month trying to erase what you saw in the movie?

Sexual sin is hard. But, God is powerful and He is fighting for us all. 

He has grace for you. 

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It's My Birthweek!

Yup.

It's my birthweek. So, you guessed it, the two blog posts this week, will have to do with. Yup. My birthday. But, I mean, that's not a bad thing.... ANYWAYS, today I want to share my 22 favorite Bible verses with you all. Because, yup, you guessed it, I'll be 22 on Friday! Makes since? Yes. et's do this. 

1. "For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God." Colossians 3:3

2. "When Jesus heard that, He said, "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it." John 11:4

3. "Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty. For He bruises, but He binds up; He wounds, but His hand makes whole." Job 5:17-18 (Big shoutout to these verses because they are so important to my testimony.) 

4. "O Lord, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear Your name; and let Your servant prosper this day, I pray, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king's cupbearer." Nehemiah 1:11 (ALL the heart eyes for Nehemiah.)

5. "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh." Ezekiel 36:26

6. "And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma." Epesians 5:2 

7. "Look among the nations and watch - be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days, which you would not believe though it were told to you." Habakkuk 1:5

8. "This is love, that we walk in love according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it." 2 John 1:6 

9.  "For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith." 1 John 5:4

10. "For, do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ." Galatians 1:10

11. "And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:13 

12. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." Romans 3:23-24 

13. "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience." James 1:2-3 

14. "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angles for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God might taste death for everyone." Hebrews 2:9

15. "That you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world." Philippians 2:15 

16. "And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19 (Needed one more from Philippians because my most favorite! It's the book of JOY so go read it!!)

17. "Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done marvelous things!" Joel 2: 21

18. "Strngth and honor are her clothing; she will rejoice in time to come." Proverbs 31:25

19. "Also do not take to heart everything people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you. For many times, also, your own heart has known that even you have cursed others." Ecclesiastes 7:21-22

20. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6

21. "The Lord is merciful and gracious slow to anger, and abounding in mercy." Pslam 103:8 

22. "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden." Matthew 5:14

Wow, if you are at the end, thank you for reading all of this. Now, it's time for you to chose, what 22 thing should I share with you all on #SelfLoveSaturday this week?!

-Things I have done to help love myself more

-Favorite worship songs

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Suffering? You Are Blessed.

If we suffer down here because we know Christ, I want you to know you are blessed. 

What? Blessed? If I was blessed, God would take all this suffering away. I get you. I do.

But, you are blessed. Jesus went through so much pain for us. Jesus was put on a cross to die for us. If we speak God's name, people will hate us, it's a fact. People are scared to hear Jesus' name. Their scared of how powerful He is.

People will hurt us. They will test us. But, we will get stronger because of it. We will be better followers of Christ. We will grow with Christ. 

"Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the firey trial which is to try you, as through some strange thing happened to you:

but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy." 1 Peter 4:12-13

Rejoice when you suffer, firends! Rejoice that you have a hope that none of the haters you have, have. You have a living hope. You have love. So, friends, rejoice! You are blessed. Christ trusts you in the place where you are to bring you sufferings. Sufferings that will help you grow and become stronger. Sufferings that will be apart of your story. Sufferings you can share with non believers and hope they can see and have the same light you have. 

You are blessed.

"But even if you should suffer righteousness, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear or be intimidated." 

1 Peter 3:14

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In The Waiting

Who is in the waiting game?

Who is asking God all these questions and they are still waiting for an answer?

Friend, I understand. You are not alone.

Praying for something you really 'need', and you don't know if God is there listening with you. Or you don't know when God will answer your prayers, or how. But, He listens. And He will answer. But, maybe you just need to wait and trust Him. Maybe just be still. 

I know, easier said and done. Why can't God just answer rigt now? And oh yeah, let it be my way. Go exactly the way I want. 

Doesn't always happen. 

Let me give you some hope today, firend. I was reading Habakkuk (Huh-bah-cook, not sure if anyone was like me, because I had no idea how on how to say it....) this last week and it was so good for my soul. I know someone out there can use a little hope on their prayers too. 

So, first let me give you some background, things in this book, aren't going well. There is voilence everywhere. There is some craziness going on. There is just a lot of wikedness. Sound fimilar? 

When I read chapter one I literally felt like I needed to read it, because I don't like what's happening in the world. It makes my heart hurt. But, than I read verse 1:5 and just got so much hope. 

"For I will work a work in your days, Which you would not believe though it were told to you." Habakkuk 1:5

Doesn't that just give you so much hope? We don't know the future. We don't know how our prayers will be answered. But, I praise that Jesus holds my future. I praise that Jesus will answer prayers. Keep that in mind. Keep praying. Keep moving. 

"Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation." 

Habakkuk 3:18

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God Will Always Provide

Hi! It's been forever and a day. Because, I moved! 

And before I start this whole spill, I can tell you I did have doubts about my whole dream of moving to Nashville, let's see. 

"Will I really survive?"

"Can I even get down there without dying or going crazy?"

"This is nuts, I should just give up."

But, let me tell you, God's plan and timing > your doubts.

This last crazy week, was me driving across the country, meet my roommate, get everything moved into my apartment, and say goodbye to my parents. It's been crazy and I needed to put my whole trust in Christ. Do you know how hard that is? I can barely do that when I'm taking a test... And I know there is a 99.9% I am not alone on this.

It is hard to trust Gods plan. 

I can tell you moving to Nashville has always been a dream of mine. A lot of planning went in to it, and I still freaked out for the most part. 

But, God provides. And He always will.

Let me tell you why.

My 15 year old car survived a trip from California to Tennessee.

The move in to the aoartment went really well.

My parents supplied me with so much for my very first apartment.

I had two interviews this week for jobs and got offered both jobs.

The last one. I honestly didn't think I would find a job until August... Or I was all out of money. But, there. Right there. If it's God's plan, He will provide. 

Sunday, June 18th, I listened to something Steven Furtick said and it helped me and reminded me of God's greatness, "The sign that you're in the right place, is that I will provide where ever I position you." God will provide, in hurt, brokenness, losing a job, economy problems, He will provide. And I can clearly see that.

So, here is some hope for you today, what ever you are going through, God will provide. 

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Lord, your faithful love endures forever;
do not abandon the work of your hands. // Psalms 138:8

Rest

Time to be honest here.

Do you rest? 

And I don't mean, do you rest, because that would be a no from... all of us. But, I mean do you rest in Christ. Do you give everything to Him and you just sit. Or do you yourself try to be God. 

Most of the time, if I'm honest, I do not rest in God. I'm doing everything and anything to make sure it gets done, when God is just saying, rest. Give me all of that and rest. 

Yeah, I hear you God, but that is so hard, right? 

But here's what I want you to try to do, and believe me, I'm doing this with you. Because God has been speaking to me about rest for awhile now. 

First, whatever you are trying to handle on your own, take it off and hand it to Christ. 

Second, just pray. Ask God to help ou with all these things. He is able. He is good. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. 

And lastly, rest. 

It sounds easy, but it's not. It's really hard to just rest in God and just know He has it under control. 

But, I pray for all of us as we try to rest in Him as this week continues. He loves you and He wants you to rest and just trust that He has this. 

"Come to Me, all you are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28 

I Have A Question For You

Yes, you. If you're reading this, keep reading.

A couple of days ago at work, I was exhausted. I mean, that happens.

But, it got me thinking. God provides right? He does. He does everything. He is in control of everyting. So, why do I worry so much.

Let me explain, I can say outloud, to my friends, to mysaelf, I can write it in my journal, "God will provide." But, five minutes, maybe even five seconds later, here I am making a list of everything I need to do so, life will be good.

"I need to work this many hours so I can make sure this gets done."

"I need to find a boyfriend so I can get married and have a bunch of babies."

"I need to follow this many people on social media so I can have this many followers."

Whoa. Wait a minute. Didn't I just say, "God will provide."

It's hard to fully put all your trust in God. I know, trust is one of the things I am just not good at. But, here is my question:

Are you working to build yourselves as kings, or are you working to build God's kingdom?

Here's the thing, God has you in a specific place. He has you right where you are needed. If you start doing your job, for yourself, it won't work out. You will get exhausted. You were not made to control everything in your life. Jesus is strong enough to provide for you. He is enough. You don't need to work that hard.

Take rest. 

Stop putting it in your hands. Put it in God's hands. 

Build God's kingdom. Don't build yourself up as kings. 

"Do not overwork to be rich; Because of your own understnding, cease! Will you set your eyes on that things tht are not? For the riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away like an eagle toward Heaven." Proverbs 23:4-5

It's Okay To Be Broken

This goes out to everyone who is going through something right now. 

This is for everyone who is a little broken.

It's okay to be broken.

It's even an honor. 

Sometimes we need to be broken to come to Jesus. That's not a bad thing. We all have sin, and we all have a sin that hold us from coming to Jesus. And, maybe that's pride and the fact that we don't want help. But, God breaks us, so we have nothing else, but to fall on Him.

We are strong. 

 

Believe that.

God trusts us enough to completly break us. Where we are so hurt we don't want to feel anything. But, He breaks us.

He breaks us so that we can find joy in Him.

He breaks us so that we can find the love in Him.

He breaks us so we can learn we can't do it alone. 

I know it hurts. But, God is with you. He won't leave. He is going to stay until the end. He loves you. He won't give you something you can't handle. Pinky promise. 

So, let me leave you with this, it sucks to be broken, but something beautiful will come out of this. God will be glorified. You are strong.

"Behold, happy is the man God corrects, Therefore do nott despise the chasting of the almighty. For He bruises, but He binds up; He wounds, but His hands make whole." Job 5:17-18

It Is Well

Let me be the first to tell you if you haven't heard, life sucks sometimes.

There's break ups, fights, death, hurt, scars, failures, we hurt a lot on this earth. Sometimes we find it so hard to trust and love God when it feels like it's just one thing after another.

One of the hardest worship songs to sing sometimes is, "It is well with my soul," because sometimes, it just doesn't feel well. 

But, if we believe in God and He sent His son to die for us, it is well with our soul. When we die, we will go to Heaven.

God is on our side. And if life doesn't work out the way we want it to, God is still on our side. Let's praise Hime for that.

"God when You choose to leave mountains unmovable, oh, give me the strength to sing, it is well with my soul." -MercyMe

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Dear Internet Friends

Dear Internet Friends, 

I don't know what conversation started our friendship. I'm not sure what social media site we met on. I'm not sure how we even became so close. 

But, I'm so thankful for you. I'm so thankful for what obsession brought us together and I can't wait until I get to meet you.

I'm sorry I'm a terrible texter.

I'm sorry I hate talking on the phone.

I'm sorry for getting awkward when we FaceTime.

I'm sorry for not being more intrested in your life, I promise I am, but like I said, I'm a terrible texter. 

I'm sorry we aren't closer together when you're having a hard night. I wish I could be there right by your side telling you it'll be okay. 

But, thank you for always being on my side.

Thank you for listening to me when I feel like I have no one. 

Thank you for never judging me.

Thank you for having the same crazy obsessions as me.

Thank you for telling me to watch crazy emotional TV shows like Grey's Anatomy. (#help) Not to mention Glee and Gilmore Girl's... (Luke's Diner, love you girls xoxo, Emily Gilmore) 

Thank you for putting me in a group chat where I have met some of the most amazing people and best friends.

Every one of my internet friends, you have completly changed my life. You have showed me grace, love, kindness, and friendship. You have showed me it's okay to be myself. I don't think I could have made it this far without you. 

I can tell you anything, heck. I've told you everything, boy problems, drama, life, school, and you have never once judged me. You talked me through it and listened to Carrie Underwood with me. 

If you have an internet firnd, you are lucky. I am blessed to have so many amazing ones who are forever by my side. I'm forever on your side. 

I promise. 

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Run Away

We have so much anxiety and depression consuming us and I think I know why.

We sit in it.

We rest in it.

Our thoughts go to it.

We sit in the presence of anxiety and depression too long. 

Run away.

Run as fast as you can. You do not want to be in the presence of this for too long. It will in fact, bring you under. You are sitting in the presence of satan; he wants you to stay where you are. He does not want you to leave.

He is celebrating. So, run away. 

Run to your Savior and lay everything down at His feet. 

Find friendship and music to help you run away. 

You are worth more than being in the presence of satan, he does not deserve you. 

Run away.

And when satan reminds you of your anxieties, remind him of his future. He can not hurt you. 

Jesus rose from the grave. Death is dead. Satan has nothing on you. 

"I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But, take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33

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Dear Ex

Dear Ex, 

I'm sorry I wasn't the best girlfriend. I know I could have been more encouraging, not only for you, but also for your relationship with Christ. I'm sorry I have a lot of trust issues, I've been hurt a lot. I'm sorry I got jealous a lot and I'm sorry I never let you in. I'm sorry I never really expressed who I really was and told you about the wars in my head, but honestly, I never let God in. 

When we started dating it was right when I gave my life back to Christ and I was barely 4 months clean from self harm. I wasn't ready. But, I liked you. You liked me. We both loved Jesus like crazy, I thought it was okay. But, I wasn't ready. I made our love story more important than my love story that was already written for me, my relationship with Jesus. That's not your fault, I wanted to feel loved and that's why I did it. 

I'm sorry for hurting you. But, I was hurt fighting the wars in my head when we broke up. I was confused and hurt. I saw you every Sunday, and it killed me. I wasn't walking with Christ right when we broke up, I was walking with my anxiety and that's a dangerous road. It got me here. 

You not talking to me. You not able to look at me. And you not able to be my friend.

But, I don't blame you, I wouldn't want to be my friend either. 

I forgive you for hurting me. I forgive you. You don't know what you said when you said it, but it cut deep. I forgive you for the looks you give me. I forgive you because through this hot mess of my life, God continues to forgive me. You are so loved by our Father. He has forgiven you, I will forgive you. 

We are both children of God. And that's a beautiful thing. 

Thank you for the memories and for being my only first boyfriend. 

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Being Alone

Being alone sucks. Like, really sucks. 

But, being where I am in life, focusing on my relationship with God, instead of finding myself a cute boy to fall in love so I can get married. 

Sometimes God just wants to take that away for us to notice the He is the only one who will accept us, love us, forgive us, and want us. 

Sometimes we need to learn it's okay not to have anyone else, but God showing us these things. 

 

 

Although, it still hurts, our waiting will be worth it. I chose to stop searching for love, and instead I chose to reach out to love. Reach out to the one who saves and who loves. And one day, maybe I will know a man down here who will accept me, love me, forgive me, and wants me. But, for right now, it's okay that the only man doing so is God.

So, stop searching for love. Stop stalking your instagram crush, stop stalking your ex. And reach out for love. 

The love that died for you. 

The love that now only accepts you for who you are, but wants to see you better yourself. 

This is better than any kind of earthly love. Pinky Promise.

"The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food in due time. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing." Psalm 145:15-16

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Dear Best Friend

Dear Best Friend,

Thank you for always being here for me when I need you, even if that's at 3am when I'm texting you non stop. 

I'm sorry for always talking about my problems and for not listening more. I need to remember to ask about you and if you need prayer. I'm sorry for being so busy sometimes. I'm sorry that I worry about my problems too much where I don't have time to ask about your life. I'm sorry that sometimes I'm selfish. I'm sorry I don't take enough time to know you. 

 

I want to remind you are so beautiful. I want you to realize that. Jesus came down and died for you. He has such a big plan for you and He adores you. I want you to know that. You are stunning and you are going to do such amazing things with your life, trust me.

You have a beautiful soul, I mean you put up with me?! I am a crazy Carrie Underwood, country music, color guard obsessed girl and you take so much time to ask me how I am doing. You stood up for me when it felt like I had no one. You put up with my complaining when I say 'I have no one,' when clearly you're right there? Right by me. You have a beautiful, kind, sweet soul. I don't know what I would do without you.

I pray that you can see the beauty in yourself. Know that you are so important. I want you to see yourself the way that I see you, the way that God sees you. 

I don't know if I would have made it through my hard times without you. You mean so much to me. Remember, I'll always be here for you.

Thank you for being my best firend. 

"A friend is like a good bra: hard to find, comfortable, supportive, always lifts you up, makes you look better, never lets you down or leaves you hanging, and always close to your heart."     -Unknown

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When You Feel...

When you feel hopeless, cry out to your hope.

When you can't see the light, cry out to your light. 

When you don't feel loved, cry out to the Man who showed more love than this world ever could.

 

You put too much pressure on yourself. You always think you have to be this perfect Christian, daughter, sister, friend, but stop. Take a breather. Rest. Let Him hold you. Rest in the fact that He knows your heart. Rest in the fact that He has big plans for you, but sometimes resting is apart of His plans. 

When you feel stressed, rest in His love.

When you feel anxious, rest in His grace. 

When you feel less than, rest in the cross.

You are loved.

"Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

I wrote this for myself, but I knew someone needed it out there. 

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Dear Parents

Dear Parents,

 

I can't thank God enough for giving me to you guys. You are both such a blesing to me. 

 

I'm sorry that I once used to hurt your little girl, and sometimes still have a habit of saying really mean things to her. I'm sorry I lie to you both sometimes and sometimes well, I am a brat. I'm sorry I can be spoiled and lazy at times and really grumpy and mean to you both. But, although I get like tht sometimes, know that I am so thankful for you both. 

Mom, thank you for all those days after school helping me with my math homework. Thank you for always being there when I need a hug. Thank you for noticing my scars on my arm and for making sure I get the help I needed. Thank you for knowing every thing before I told you because, sometimes it can be hard. Thank you for giving me your beuty and your heart. Thank you for being my mommy. 

Dad, thank you for giving me the love for country music, concerts, and being crazy about celebrities. Thank you for making me strong and the ability to take whatever people give me. Thank you for teaching me to be myself, no matter how Carrie Underwood obsessed I am. Thank you for showing me what commitment to a sport is. Thank you for giving me my good looks and for always making me smile. 

Thank you both for giviving me the love I have for Jesus. Thank you for taking me to church and for talking to me about our Savior. Thank you for being my biggest supporters. 

Thank you for showing me a love that I want to have. Thank you for being such Godly parents and showing me the kind of love I want. Thank you for being such insprirations with a relationship I want. You guys have been married for 25 years and are still so in love. Thank you for showing me that love.

 

 

You raised me to be strong and independent, and I hope you both know that no matter how far I go, I'll always need you both. You have blessed me in so many ways. I'll always be your little girl. 

Allow God To Change You

Who is changing you? Your friends, or God?

The world, or God? 

The music you listen to, or God?

 

Sometimes sadly, it's not God who is changing me. It's the people who I surround myself with. It's this world. It's the music I listen to. It's the peer pressure of trying to be cool and look cool.

 

 

It's a struggle. But, if we want to be a light of this world and change it we must be changed by God. Not what your friends do on Saturday nights. Not what the artist says he's smoking in the song. Not what this world says what we ought to be. God will change us for the better. For His kingdom. 

How does God change us?

Spend as much time with Him as your friends.

Listen to worship music as much as you listen to your favorite band.

Read your Bible the same amount as your trying to be cool for this world. 

Who's changing you? Who will you allow to change you? This world? Or God?

"Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12